Region 6 News Release: USDL-OSHA-98-83-10-5
Monday, October 5, 1998
Contact: Diana Petterson or Beverly Sepulveda, (214) 767-4776, ext. 222 or 221
JOHN B. MILES, JR. TO HEAD DALLAS OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION REGIONAL OFFICE
John B. Miles, Jr., a career civil servant with more than 30 years of federal service, has been named regional administrator for the regional office of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in Dallas.
In his new position, Miles will provide leadership and guidance as the OSHA regional administrator and will be responsible for enforcing the provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and providing employers with compliance assistance including consultation for employers, the Voluntary Protection Programs, training and education as well as the interpretation of standards. The Dallas regional office is one of the Labor Department's 10 regional offices across the country and covers Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and New Mexico.
"John Miles has been instrumental in developing the 'New OSHA' policy which changes the way OSHA does business by working with employers who want to emphasize a safe workplace," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Charles N. Jeffress. "Employers and employees are fortunate to have John as the regional administrator in Dallas because he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the region.
Prior to his position in Dallas, Miles was the director of the Directorate of Compliance in the national OSHA office in Washington, D.C. from 1994 to 1998. There he was responsible for developing OSHA's nationwide enforcement policy, including interpretation of standards, compliance programs and procedures, and the discrimination provisions of several Acts.
Additionally, Miles served as the regional administrator for OSHA's Boston regional office from 1987 to 1994. He has also served as director of field operations for OSHA's national office in Washington, D.C. where he was in charge of OSHA's compliance programs and supervised ten regional administrators.
Miles, who began his federal service in 1972 as a safety engineer with OSHA's Tulsa, Oklahoma office, was also an aerospace engineer with the General Dynamics Corp. in Fort Worth, Texas, and with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Houston, Texas.
"Working with employers who are committed to a good safety and health program is an important goal of mine," Miles said, "but for those employers who are not concerned about the safety of their workplaces, strong enforcement will continue to be the ultimate deterrent."
In 1992, Miles was the recipient of two prestigious awards: the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive Service and he was honored as the Distinguished Federal Executive by the Federal Executive Board in Boston. In addition, Miles was responsible for developing the "Maine 200" program which received the Harvard University Innovations in Government Award.
Miles, a native of Anadarko, Okla., received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1961 and 1962, respectively. He is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and holds a commercial pilot's license. He and his wife, Betty, reside in Coppell, Texas.